Whitehall review of kids’ services paused
A Whitehall review looking at the role of local authorities in relation to children has been shelved, The MJ understands.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
Call for IR35 delay
Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.
LGA: Council tax rises will not stop deep cuts
Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned.
Social care system in 'imminent' danger
One in eight older people are failing to get the care they need, demonstrating the ‘imminent’ danger the social care system is in, a charity has warned today.
‘No council tax to fix social care gap’
The Welsh Government has ruled out using council tax to help plug the devolved nation’s social care funding gap.
Stop pretending and start talking about the future
We are at a pivotal moment in local government history and the sector has to start being honest, writes Heather Jameson.
West Midlands looking to thrive
The world is watching as the West Midlands Combined Authority paves the way for major mental health strategies. Norman Lamb explains how local leaders can make internationally significant changes.
A successful path
John Jory explains how Reigate & Banstead BC is working with the private sector to improve the health of its residents and generate extra income
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
DoH set to honour cap on care costs
The Department of Health has insisted it will stand by its pledge to cap the costs of care from 2020.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
Fiscal clouds threaten to bring a further decade of austerity
Austerity will continue well into the next decade irrespective of any negative impact of Brexit, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted today.
Javid hints at extra social care cash
The Government is considering providing extra money to the social care system, Sajid Javid has hinted.
Directors call for £1bn emergency funding
Councils could fail to meet to meet their statutory duties without ‘emergency’ government funding of £1bn, adult social care directors have warned.
Warning over future for care home providers
Councils have called for ‘urgent and genuinely new’ funding for social care amid fresh warnings that more providers could go out of business.
LGA backs districts following Whitehall raid on NHB budget
The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed furious districts angry after Whitehall raided the New Homes Bonus (NHB) budget to help prop up social care.
EXCLUSIVE: Lack of confidence in adult social care strategy exposed
The true scale of feeling across local government about the escalating social care crisis is revealed by the results of an exclusive survey.
Counties are ready for long-term care reforms
The door has been left open for a long-term cure for the ailing social care sector - and county councils are ready to step through it, says Cllr Colin Noble.